Did you know that you can search for books in our libraries from home? Click here for information on our online library catalog and how you can use it from home to see what books we have in our libraries! Then, when you come to visit, you already know if we have what you're looking for!
Our Hollis kindergartners had a very important event in the library today: borrowing their first school library book! Most of our kindergartners have had the opportunity to borrow books from their local public library, so they already knew quite a bit about the responsibility of taking home a library book!
During their library visit today, the kindergartners were able to see some books that made Mrs. Parker sad: ones that have damages that keep them from being borrowed anymore! These include books with a lot of rips as well as books that have sticky food damages. We talked about ways to keep these damages from happening when they bring their books home!
Some of the important book care tips we discussed were:
1. Keep our library books in safe places away from pets and food.
2. Turn the pages carefully from the corner to avoid ripping our books.
3. Make sure our hands are clean when we read our books.
4. Read our books with family and friends.
5. Remember to return our books on Wednesday (library day). That way we get to choose new ones to borrow and someone else can bring the ones we returned home to enjoy!
It was so exciting to see the kindergartners choosing books to bring home today! I look forward to hearing about their first school library book and seeing what they choose next time!
Good manners are such an important part of learning! When we show good manners during a learning time, it not only helps us be better learners but also those around us. This week in the library, our Hollis 1st graders reviewed how we can show good manners in the library so that we can all be good learners! After reading the funny story Mind Your Manners B.B. Wolf, by Judy Sierra and illustrated by J. Otto Seibold, we discussed ways that B.B. Wolf would show good manners if he ever came to visit our library! Each first grader then wrote or drew a good manners tip for B.B. Wolf for the library. Below are some great examples of the wonderful good manners tips they came up with!
We have gotten off to a great start at the Hollis and George E. Jack libraries! On Wednesday, at Hollis, Ms. Skoolicas' 3rd grade, Mrs. Caruso's 5th grade, and Mrs. Pinkham's 4th grade visited the library, where they did a "book hunt" that got them moving around the library! I love doing book hunts with my students, it helps them practice locating different items in the library and it also gives them an opportunity to learn about books that they may not have realized we have! This particular book hunt involved locating 10 different books based on their description. I was so impressed with how well they worked (either independently or with a partner) to locate the books on the list.
On Thursday, at GEJ, Ms. Bunk's 4th grade, Mrs. Fries' 4th grade, Mrs. Evan's 5th grade, and Mrs. Lucy's 5th grade also did a book hunt. For the 4th graders, who were visiting our library for the first time, it was a wonderful opportunity to get oriented to their new library, while for the 5th graders it was a chance to review where everything is! The new 4th graders worked very hard at navigating the library and I look forward to getting to know them. It was also great to see all of my GEJ 5th graders again after our summer break.